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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 21, 2008 11:56pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Cavalcade of Stars

Normally it was a great show, Robin, but only once Jackie Gleason took over. Does anyone have any of those to upload? And complete shows please -- a full hour!

That Cavalcade show with Arthur Godfrey hosting someone uploaded only 51 MB (the MPEG version) which turned out to only be a few minutes long. Those Red Skelton shows were also incomplete. What's going on??

The Morey Amsterdam Show I watched on another site. Boring stuff.

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 12:00am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

Ok. I don't have any Jackie Gleason stuff apart from the "HoneyMooners" clip I uploaded. Since nobody seems to be enjoying the TV shows I uploaded, I'll never upload another old TV broadcast again.

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Poster: Tenor madman Date: Mar 22, 2008 1:07am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

I'm sorry you feel that way. I'm happy to have had the opportunity to view and comment on something from the infancy of television. While it wasn't as polished and riveting as an episode of "The Sopranos", I didn't expect it to be. One could tell that they were still experimenting, learning, and banging the kinks out. That's the fun of it.
I like being able to see things like this from 50 years ago. It's fascinating to see how people interacted back then. Their clothes, speech, styles and methods of communication were so different back then. It's like they're from another planet. The difference from what you see on TV today is somewhat refreshing.

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 7:08am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: More Classic TV

Since I'm no longer discussing Cavalcade of Stars, I'll change my reply subject. ;)

But to go slightly off topic, Jackie Gleason in general was entertaining.
His 1960s series "Jackie Gleason & His American Scene Magazine" was his best work. Those shows CBS wisely preserved in their originaal black & white videotape form. A lot of those shows were cut in half in 1979 at Gleason's insistance and syndicated to local stations as The Jackie Gleason Show. It was in the 80s when I first saw those, and I really wish they would be brought back (and preferably as a full hour).

The very first show in October 1962 guest starred former regular Art Carney, and he played Ed Norton in a 15 minute Honeymooners sketch that had Ralph & Ed adhering to President Kennedy's advice by trying out a bomb shelter. Meanwhile, the wives Alice and Trixie (played by Sue Ane Langdon and Patricia Bright) are off to Atlantic City.

The show opened with another long sketch -- "The Retouchables", a musical parody of The Untouchables with Jackie as Eliot Slesh and sexy Sue Ane as a dancer who is really "MR. Big" !

The Joe the Bartender bit had a new supporting character not in the 1950s Gleason show: The perpetually drunk Crazy Guggenheim. Played by deep-voiced singer Frank Fontaine, it was basically the same character that Frank played in a few episodes of Jack Benny's radio series in 1953-1954, only there his name was John Savoni and John never got to sing! (But if he had, I would skip over his tunes just as I did with Dennis Day).

Rounding out the premiere's hour were 2 musical numbers by a teenage Wayne Newton, making his national TV debut. This is the only B & W Jackie Gleason show that I was able to watch in full hour form. However, it was a kinescope copy and not the orignial tape.

The color series lasted 4 years too, and brought Carney back as a regular. The first year (1966) is available on DVD with the first 9 episodes and unfortunately The Honeymooners is the only comedy material in those particular shows (later episodes had other old characters). It's certainly looks great having been made in color (as all American TV shows were by that time), but Jackie's decision to include musical numbers took the edge off the exploits of the Kramdens & the Nortons! I felt that Sheila McRae was terrific as Alice though.

This post was modified by Executive on 2008-03-22 14:08:47

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Mar 22, 2008 8:40am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More Classic TV

A Gleason Fan huh? I had this farther down the upload list but your post led be to bring it up the top

http://www.archive.org/details/Studio_One_05x34_The_Laugh_Maker__1953

Honeymooners it aint. Enjoy, Mike D.

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 9:19am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: STUDIO ONE episode

Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Mike!

I saw a clip of "The Laugh Maker" years ago, but at 391 MB this is the complete 1 hour show. Studio One is the series on which Jackie Gleason and Art Carney both did drama for the first time in their careers. The last time for Gleason would be in 1985 in the TV movie "Izzy and Moe" when he and Carney were reunited once again.

Studio One may be live TV and grainy looking, but I'm not saving this.
It's still worth a look!

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 7:09am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More Classic TV

"Slightly" off topic? So, What is your favourite beverage?
Seriously though, That post just reminds me that there is plenty of historically important stuff which cannot be uploaded here, including "The Jackie Gleason Show", "December Bride", the underrated "My Mother The Car" and even "The Tonight Show" (Which despite the fact that almost all pre-1970 episodes were destroyed, is still copyrighted.

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 7:51am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Classic TV , copyrighted shows

NBC was foolish to destroy so many of the old 1960s Carson tapes, but there are quite a few kinescopes of those episodes that survived. They don't look that good at all. However, they did save the original tapes of the 1967 appearance by Don Rickles (the Japanese girls in the hot tub), Jadk Webb's Dragnet spoof from 1968, and Tiny Tim's on-air wedding to Miss Vicki in 1969.

Even Jack Paar's Tonight Show was in color when it premiered in 1957, and the situation there is similar.

I've seen a few episodes of My Mother the Car from my tape-trading days.
It's almost as unwatchable as It's About Time.

But back to the original point of copyrighted material. This site may have a policy against uploading those shows, yet GUBA has been allowing it for years. I was able to download a lot of first & second season episodes of COMBAT! there (transferred from DVD-Rips), and many of those I hadn't seen from my tape-trading days. :)

This post was modified by Executive on 2008-03-22 14:48:58

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 8:10am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Classic TV , copyrighted shows

Ok. I think I'm the only person who likes "My Mother The Car"! Why I enjoy that crappy show, I don't know.....

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 2:21am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

I guess I was feeling a bity angry since I forgot to take my medicine (I have several mental disorders). I'm sorry. BTW, I think I might perhaps upload some more stuff if anyone wants it. I have 4 episodes of "The Beulah Show" if anyone wants them.

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Poster: Tenor madman Date: Mar 22, 2008 4:24am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

I'm not familiar with the Beulah show. What I would like to see would be the Nat King Cole show or The Rosemary Clooney show with the Hi-Lo's!

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 4:35am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

I don't have either of those shows. BTW "The Beulah Show" was the first sitcom to feature an african american woman in the lead role. My collection of old TV is VERY small.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Mar 22, 2008 8:29am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

I would like to see them please. I have heard some of the radio shows and it would be interesting to see the tv version. Thanks, Mike D

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 8:51am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Beulah_Show

I uploaded it several hours ago. I might upload another episode if anyone wants me to. Hey, Do you have any "Beat The Clock"? I have 2 episodes I might upload if you don't have 'em. "Beat the Clock" is awful But I still love it!

This post was modified by Robin_1990 on 2008-03-22 15:51:19

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Mar 22, 2008 9:06am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

Thank you, I will watch it soon, People want the shows, Just because few people download it a first over time it will get many, Plus it is here forever and always for those who seek this type of entertainment. Thats the beauty of this place. Something for everyone.

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 10:01am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

The 3 best game shows from the 1950s and 60s were What's My Line, To Tell the Truth, PASSWORD, and The Hollywood Squares. In the 1970s it was the revised version of Match Game. All copyrighted for sure, but worth mentioning!

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 10:06am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Cavalcade of Stars

Actaully it appears some episodes of "What's My Line" have entered the public domain as Alpha Video has released 4 episodes on DVD.

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Poster: Executive Date: Mar 22, 2008 10:12am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: What's My Line?

What's My Line airs on Game Show Network 7 days a week at Midnight, so I think those of us who enjoy that show and receive that channel are fully covered. ;)

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 22, 2008 10:15am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What's My Line?

Well, I don't live in America, and I live in a country where "Everybody Loves Raymond" is the oldest TV show on cable.

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